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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 12
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

                   XXXIV.
    "Venus won't stir a peg without a fee,
    And master is too partial, entre nous,
    To"—"Hush—hush!" cried Eban, "sure that is he
    Coming down stairs,—by St. Bartholomew!
    As backwards as he can,—is't something new?
    Or is't his custom, in the name of fun?"
    "He always comes down backward, with one shoe"—
    Return'd the porter—"off, and one shoe on,
Like, saving shoe for sock or stocking, my man John!"

                   XXXV.
    It was indeed the great Magician,
    Feeling, with careful toe, for every stair,
    And retrograding careful as he can,
    Backwards and downwards from his own two pair:
    "Salpietro!" exclaim'd Hum, "is the dog there?
    He's always in my way upon the mat!"
    "He's in the kitchen, or the Lord knows where,"—
    Reply'd the Swiss,—"the nasty, yelping brat!"
"Don't beat him!" return'd Hum, and on the floor came pat.

                   XXXVI.
    Then facing right about, he saw the Page,
    And said: "Don't tell me what you want, Eban;
    The Emperor is now in a huge rage,—
    'Tis nine to one he'll give you the rattan!
    Let us away!" Away together ran
    The plain-dress'd sage and spangled blackamoor,
    Nor rested till they stood to cool, and fan,
    And breathe themselves at th' Emperor's chamber door,
When Eban thought he heard a soft imperial snore.


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